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Champion moves to east side of town

Additional counseling services among changes

September 9, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Champion State of Mind, PLLC has added addiction/substance abuse counseling to their list of services. Amanda Olson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, said the distinction that the counseling addresses both addiction, the behavioral and background makeup of an individual that goes into addictive patterns, and the specific pattern of abusing substances.

Tamera Frederick, Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor, will provide the service in Estherville. Tamera has worked in the mental health field for over 35 years. Tamera is also a registered nurse and has worked inpatient mental health, outpatient services and community mental health.

Lynne Gould will serve clients in the new Spirit Lake office.

Olson said a new Champion State of Mind office is opening on the east side of Estherville in the Helmich Chiropractic Clinic 1820 E Central Ave. The move will happen Oct. 1.

Olson said with the start of the school year, she wanted to make caregivers of children at Estherville Lincoln Central Schools aware that Champion now sees children for therapy during the school day.

"Seeing students during school helps to cut down on missed classes from the time to transport a child to an appointment as well as possibly stopping for lunch or a treat on the way back to school. Not that this is bad if it's once in a while, but when it's a weekly or biweekly appointment and the only available time is during school, it can add up to a lot of missed class time, which can compound the overwhelming issues a child deals with," Olson said.

Olson will see students at Demoney Elementary School on Fridays. "I was not part of the school-based therapy this last year, but there is a growing need at Demoney so I am working at the school this year," Olson said.

Olson said ELC has been fantastic to work with, providing therapy space for Champion therapists to see students at school. "With a dedicated room, we can leave items we use in therapy with younger children," Olson said.

Champion is also seeing students at Okoboji schools. Parents and guardians can set up therapy for their children by calling the clinic's main number 800-592-0180.

Another new service Champion offers is genetic testing. Olson said the clinic has a contract with Millennium Labs in California for genetic testing and drug testing.

Olson explained the purpose of genetic testing: "We take a cheek swab in our office for our clients. The lab tests the client's DNA and can determine which of a certain class of medication is comparable based on genetic markers and the person's metabolism."

The test works with antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, and other types of medication and will return a list of which are potentially the best choices with the least side effects, which would probably work but have some side effects, and which would manifest the worst side effects in an individual and/or have the least positive effect.

"The great thing is, your genetic information doesn't change, so these results can serve as a compass of how your genetics work with the meds available to treat your condition, possibly avoiding the process of constantly trying new medication, adjusting dosages, and having things cause too many side effects or not be effective," Olson said.

Olson said the lab bills insurance providers directly, so payment is not through Champion State of Mind. Millennium Labs will also provide results of urine or swab tests for the presence of drugs. Olson said this service is available to clients of Champion State of Mind.

For more information about Champion State of Mind PLLC's services and providers, visit



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